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Sunday
Jun092013

Fowler Museum 50th Anniversary

 

In Fall 2013, the Fowler Museum at UCLA celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with the two rotating gallery spaces, the Fowler in Focus gallery and the Galleria corridor all devoted to the exhibition.  It presented an exciting opportunity to showcase the museum's incredible collection, but was a tremendous amount of work for the mueum's conservation laboratories.  All 800+ objects got updated, image-based condition reports and many works received much needed cleaning and stabilization.  The rotating galleries were divided into 8 mini exhibition spaces that included Sepik masks and figures, Maori cloaks, Peruvian textiles, South African beaded dress and clubs, wooden Ibeji dolls, Chupicuaro (Central Mexico) ceramics, and contemporary artist Amalia Mesa-Bains' interpretation of a cabinet of curiosities using objects from the collection. The image on the top left is of one of the first exhibits at the Fowler Museum in 1965. 

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